Biography for Terry Burns

Terry Burns
Terry Burns

I grew up in Douglas with my parents and two sisters. I attended Douglas Union grade school and Saint Peter’s grade school in Douglas, graduated from Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, then went on to College, graduating from Benedictine University’s undergraduate program with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. In 1999, I went back to school in the Masters of Social Work program at Grand Valley State University, where I graduated in 2001. I followed that up with two other Masters Degrees in Public administration and Criminal Justice, graduating in 2001 and 2006, respectively.

I have spent a considerable amount of time as a Saugatuck Township Supervisor, Trustee, and Tax Assessor from 1974-1992. After spending 25 years as an Independent insurance Agent located in Douglas, I went back to school and opened my current business in Holland, called “Lakeshore Counseling Services.” I work specifically with alcohol and drug clients and the Department of Transportation industry as a (SAP) Substance Abuse Professional. Currently, I am an Allegan County Commissioner representing Laketown Township, Saugatuck Township, Saugatuck City, and the City of Douglas and serve on 14 Commissions and Boards in the capacity of this role.

What do I like to do for fun? Believe it or not, I enjoy my work as a counselor as well as attending a movie, working out with weights, playing golf, and attending a musical show. I love Notre Dame Football, the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Lions, Red Wings, and the Chicago White Sox. However, my new sports love has been NASCAR. My favorite music is Frank Sinatra stuff, and my favorite food is anything that is cooked and healthy. I am not married and have one daughter and two grandsons who live in Chicago with their husband/Father.

My expectation for the Commission on Aging is high. I believe that we as a group have a deep passion for those who are elderly, and my background in Mental Health has helped me appreciate those less fortunate than myself. Our Commission is diverse, and members come from different parts of the County from which we serve. My goal is to make sure that no senior citizen is without food, clothing, and shelter, as those who came before us promised in the United States Constitution.